Hello and a Happy New Year to you all!
Now that it is January 2018 I can finally say that I am going to Orlando Florida THIS YEAR! That’s right, in under 200 days I will be flying solo to one of my favourite places on earth to spend 10 days theme park hopping. Seriously, what is this life?!
You might be thinking, “but Nina, you only went there the summer before last!” and you would be right, so let me tell you my main reasons for going (not that I usually need any extra motivation).
Reason 1: Pandora: World of Avatar is open in Animal Kingdom and by all accounts blowing minds. Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey and the Satu’li Canteen are all on my high priority list of things to see.
Reason 2: Universal’s Volcano Bay water park opened last May and it looks absolutely fantastic. I cannot wait to ride the rides and see it all in person.
Reason 3: Toy Story Land could very well be open when I’m there. At the moment there is no official date, it is just ‘summer 2018’. But July is in the summer right? Even if its not quite open yet, it’ll be cool to see how far the construction has come.
Aside from those, I just love Florida. Sometimes I get little pangs of homesickness when I think about our past trips. Having said that, this may well be my last trip there for a while because there are also lots of other places in the world I would like to see. So for that reason I am going all out and staying on both Universal and Disney property! Yep, my first three nights are going to be spent at Universal’s Cabana Bay Resort and for the remaining seven I will be at Disney’s All Star Music Resort. What is the reason for this extravagance I hear you cry? Well, convenience mostly. It’s quite tricky to go between Universal and Disney without paying a king’s ransom in taxi/uber fares, as obviously the two companies would prefer that you visit them exclusively, so I went for comfort over everything else. I love the thought that at the end of a day of walking around in the heat, I will only be a short distance away from my room. Cabana Bay is walking distance from the parks (and shuttles do run for those days when you can’t walk any further) and Disney runs frequent shuttles between its hotels and theme parks.
So my itinerary at the moment goes as follows:
Day before my flight: travel to Gatwick airport and stay at Bloc Hotel (thank you Krispy Smore for the reviews).
Day 1: 11:20am non-stop flight to MCO, arriving at 3:25 Florida time.
Day 2: Universal/ Islands of Aventure
Day 3: Universal/Islands of Adventure
Day 4: Volcano Bay/tie up any loose ends in the other parks/ be picked up at 8pm and travel to All Star Music.
Days 5-9: Disney! I haven’t decided which day to do what as the park times and EMH haven’t been confirmed for those days yet.
Day 10: I’ll probably try and get to extra magic hours and then my flight home is at 5:35pm. I’ll land back in blighty the next morning.
Even though this trip is still 6 months away, I am so excited. I’ve been counting down to the 180 day mark so I can make my Disney dining reservations and then the next milestone will be 60 days when I can book my fastpasses. Have you got holidays planned for this year? Let me know all about them in the comments and we can be excited together!
Til next time!